The triumvirate of Bishops A.D. Beacham, Jr, Chris D. Thompson and Talmadge Gardner officiated in the ceremony.
Bishop Gardner tenderly welcomed the attendees and offered sweet comfort to the Parker family.
Sue Dodd, a niece, led the congregation is a beautiful rendition of "How Great Thou Art".
The inimitable John Hedgepeth, Pastor of Northwood Temple, Fayetteville, NC rendered the obituary of Rev. Parker with his wonderfully wry sense of humor. His personal insights of John were riveting.
Rev. Fernando Angulo, Hispanic Ministries Director of the NC Conference gave a beautiful reflection on his acquaintance with Rev. Parker.
Once again, Sue Dodd delivered an inspirational styling of "His Eye Is On The Sparrow".
Following were family tributes by David, Ryan and Jennifer Parker Terry. David delivered a beautiful homage to his father with a delightful touch of his mother, Edna's, sense of humor. Next came grandson Ryan Parker. Ryan delivered a beautiful tribute to his grandfather as the man he knew and revered. Following her brother's sentiment, Jennifer Parker Terry gave a lovely word bouquet in honoring her grandfather.
A powerful and poignant video of John's life gave a wonderful insight into John and Edna's life and ministry.
The Rev. Wiley Clark, Retired Ministers Director of the NC Conference then shared fond and friendly reminders of John. He recounted pastoring a church in Eastern North Carolina, Bethel PHC, where John had preceded him 5 years earlier. He stated, "Wherever I went, people wanted to know if I knew John Parker!" Then with his signature grace, Rev. Clark presented the beautiful Clergy Medallion to Sister Edna Parker.
Bishop Chris D. Thompson, Executive Director of Evangelism U.S.A graciously presented a celebratory message on the life of John Bertram Parker. Laced with Scripture and personal anecdotes, Bishop Thompson drew a beautiful conclusion to the service.
The stately and historic church, Culbreth Memorial, contained a tremendous gathering of Pentecostal Holiness luminaries: Rev. Joe and Elsie Arthur, Rev. Hobart and Marguerite Howard, the Roland Harrells, Bishop and Mrs. Danny Jones, NC Confence, Assistant Supt. Doug and Mrs Bartlett, Missionaries Elaine Vaden and Kaye Munoz, along with the Gentillinis from Virginia. Continental Mission Directors Bob Cave, Dan Clowers sent their regards.
In the sweltering Carolina heat, Presiding Bishop A.D. Beacham rendered a stirring passage from 1 Corinthians 15 at the interment at Falcom Memorial Cemetery.
The wonderful congregation of Culbreth presented a delicious and sumptuous repast for the family at the end of the afternoon.